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No New Help For Bus Companies

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7:35am 20th January 2015

There's been outrage after Dorset County Council decided NOT to look for new ways to help bus companies reduce their loses on concessionary fares.

Campaigners took to the steps of the County Hall in Dorchester yesterday to show their frustration after fares went up and some services were cut.

Bridport County Councillor Ros Kayes was there and told Wessex FM: "They just all voted along party lines and it was awful. The campaigners who went along and spoke were completely downhearted and said it was so undemocratic."

"But they've vowed to fight on to make sure their case is heard properly."

But leader of the Environment Overview Committee Councillor Robin Cook said that's not correct.

He told Wessex FM: "A subject like this shouldn't become a political football and I think it's a bit unfair. The additional recommendation wasn't dismissed out of hand."

"The item wasn't closed down and it was in fact put to a vote."

First Wessex recently apologised for hiking up some of its fares recently but said the changes would be reinvested into the service.

The move came after worries over service cuts were raised, especially on the 31 route serving West Dorset.

Campaigners were hoping the county council would reconsider the way it reimburses companies for concessionary passes and increase it in line with the national average.

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